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Green Zionist Alliance

The Green Zionist Alliance (GZA) is a New York-based secular and pluralistic [1] the Green Zionist Alliance is active throughout the United States, Canada and Israel. The GZA is a member of the American Zionist Movement,[2] and has worked in partnership with Mercaz/Masorti (the Conservative Movement), Ameinu, Hazon, the Jewish National Fund, the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) and more.[3]


The organization has the following mission:

The Green Zionist Alliance, a multicultural base, the Green Zionist Alliance seeks to bridge the differences between and within religions and people — helping to build a peaceful and sustainable future for Israel and the Middle East.[4][5][6]


The Green Zionist Alliance was founded in 2001 by Jewish National Fund in Israel).[10] Today the GZA representation includes Tal and Dr. Orr Karassin.[7]

In 2006 the GZA incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

The Green Zionist Alliance has had many prominent Jewish leaders serve on its slate for the World Zionist Congress, including Rabbi Arthur Waskow,[11][12] Dr. Susannah Heschel,[11][12] Nigel Savage[12] and Dr. Richard Schwartz.[13]

The GZA advisory board includes Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Naomi Tsur and Dr. Daniel Orenstein, a faculty member at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology and the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies.[14]


Since its founding, the Green Zionist Alliance has been a key factor in the greening of Israeli policy, both internally and in its interactions with other countries. The GZA's accomplishments include:

Activist and Educational Campaigns

The Green Zionist Alliance is actively engaged in several campaigns to both protect and educate about Israel's environment, including:

  • A successful effort to stop hydrofracking of oil shale in Israel's Elah Valley;[19][20][21][22]
  • An effort to prevent further demolition of the Bedouin village of Al Arakib in Israel's Negev region;[23]
  • Publication of the Jewish Energy Guide, a 50-article resource on energy issues from a Jewish perspective produced in partnership with the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life;[24]
  • Development of an Ethic of the Seas in partnership with the National Religious Coalition on Creation Care;[25]
  • Support for a cross-country Jewish environmental-education campaign;[26]
  • An effort to support Israel's forests in the wake of the worst forest fire in the country's history;[27]
  • An effort to improve the Farm Bill from an environmental and social-justice perspective;[28]
  • An effort to develop an interconnected network of individuals, organizations and communities working to create a healthier and more sustainable world rooted in the values of the Shmita cycle;[29]
  • Partnering with 160 other groups, including primary organizers the Hip Hop Caucus, on the "Forward on Climate" initiative;[30][31]
  • Partnering with musician [32]
  • Partnering with 14 other Jewish organizations — including Hazon, COEJL and the [33]
  • Endorsing a Jewish community-wide transition from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy;[34]
  • And an effort to green the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America.[35]


The Green Zionist Alliance runs programs including:[36]

  • GZA Bikkurim Volunteers, a program that places volunteers with environmental organizations in Israel for free;
  • An internship program;
  • A job board;
  • The Green Israel Summit (GIS), an environmental Shabbaton for young leaders;
  • GZA Community Partners, a program for congregations, JCCs and other community organizations wishing to connect with and show support for Israel's environment;
  • An events calendar that lists events of interest to Jews around the world;
  • An English-language compilation of educational materials, research papers, academic papers, news articles, videos and books about Israel's environment;
  • Taglit-Birthright Israel green trips to Israel;[37]
  • Eco-trips to Israel for families and professionals;[38]
  • And student chapters, including "Yovel: The Green Zionist Alliance at NYU."[39]


The GZA has been criticized for its stance against hydrofracking,[21] with the [47]


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  2. ^ "The Member Organizations of the American Zionist Movement".  
  3. ^ "GZA Partner Organizations". Green Zionist Alliance. 
  4. ^ "Mission". Green Zionist Alliance. 
  5. ^ "Green Zionist Alliance, Inc.(20-3460771) GuideStar Report".  
  6. ^ "Green Zionist Alliance Nonprofit Profile". GreatNonprofits. 
  7. ^ a b c d e Berger, Paul (16 June 2010). "Enter the Green Zionists".  
  8. ^ Samber, Sharon (Jan 11, 2002). "Environmental Slate Tries to Prove It’s Easy to Be Both Green and Zionist". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 
  9. ^ a b "GZA Co-Founders". Green Zionist Alliance. 
  10. ^ "MERCAZ-GZA Partnership Provide Strong Environmental Voice on KKL Board". Mercaz USA. Summer 2007. 
  11. ^ a b Kessler, E.J. (Nov 25, 2005). "Zionist Election Has High Stakes, Strange Pairings". The Forward. 
  12. ^ a b c Mobius (Jan 14, 2006). "". JewSchool. 
  13. ^ Wilensky, David A.M. (June 22, 2010). "Good green news from the World Zionist Congress". JewSchool. 
  14. ^ "Advisory Board". Green Zionist Alliance. 
  15. ^ Krantz, David (5 Feb 2012). "Bittersweet Victory: Most of Samar Saved". Jewcology. 
  16. ^ Krantz, David (4 Feb 2011). "Power to the People? Energy Battle in Israel Pits Firms vs. Public Interest". Jewcology. 
  17. ^ Bronner, Ethan (30 March 2011). "Israel: Doubling Tax on Energy".  
  18. ^ a b c d e f Zion Waldoks, Ehud (18 June 2010). "WZO to boost environmental practices".  
  19. ^ Krantz, David (1 May 2011). "Israel: The New Saudi Arabia?". Jewcology. 
  20. ^ a b Herman, Arthur (27 Jan 2013). "Fracking means a new Middle East: Fracking to upend oil game". New York Post. 
  21. ^ a b Herman, Arthur (1 March 2014). "Will Israel Be the Next Energy Superpower?".  
  22. ^ Laylin, Tafline (5 March 2013). "Saudi Turns to Solar, Israel Stuck on Shale". Green Prophet. 
  23. ^ Krantz, David (17 March 2011). "Trees without Bulldozers: Environmental Justice for the Bedouin". Jewcology. 
  24. ^ "Jewish Energy Guide". Green Zionist Alliance. 
  25. ^ Krantz, David (19 Dec 2012). "Tikkun HaYam: Saving the Sea". Green Zionist Alliance. 
  26. ^ Krantz, David (11 Feb 2011). "Topsy-Turvy World: Environmental Campaign Relaunched". Jewcology. 
  27. ^ Krantz, David (6 Dec 2010). "After the fire: It's time to help — and heal". Jewcology. 
  28. ^ "Jewish Platform for a Just Farm Bill". Hazon. 
  29. ^ "Shmita Network". Hazon. 
  30. ^ "#ForwardOnClimate Rally Partner Organizations". Sierra Club. 
  31. ^ Seidenberg, David (21 Feb 2013). "Battling Climate Change, the Jewish Way". The Forward. 
  32. ^ "Members". New Yorkers Against Fracking. 
  33. ^ Oster, Marcy (19 April 2012). "Coalition of U.S. Jewish environmental groups gets major funding". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 
  34. ^ Sanchez, Sybil (4 April 2013). "Jews should back clean energy, not dirty future". Jewish News of Greater Phoenix. 
  35. ^ Krantz, David (15 Nov 2010). "Turning the General Assembly into a Green Assembly". Jewcology. 
  36. ^ "Programs". Green Zionist Alliance. 
  37. ^ "Taglit-Birthright Israel: Israel Experts — Green Israel Tour, Led by Hechalutz & the Green Zionist Alliance". 
  38. ^ "Carbon-Neutral Eco-Trips to Israel". 
  39. ^ "Yovel: The Green Zionist Alliance @ NYU". New York University. 
  40. ^ Aguilar, Terrina (6 March 2014). "how is directing settlement sewage runoff into Palestinian villages `green'?". Twitter. 
  41. ^ paiute023 (6 March 2014). "Monsters don't care bout land!". Twitter. 
  42. ^ Alfifi, Fahmi (6 March 2014). "Will I get to see the thousands of olive trees planted by Palestinian farmers that Zionist occupation have destroyed?". Twitter. 
  43. ^ Safadi, Rami (6 March 2014). "How is Zionism green when Israel has uprooted over 2.5 million olive trees since 1967?". Twitter. 
  44. ^ Stigset, Petter (7 March 2014). "The 'green' part refers to US dollars.". Twitter. 
  45. ^ Fischer, Dan (30 August 2014). "Palestine, a Climate Justice Issue". Rising Tide North America. 
  46. ^ Levi9909 (5 June 2006). "Not seeing the wood for the trees". Jews sans frontieres: An Anti-Zionist blog. 
  47. ^ Hasson, Nir (16 June 2010). "Head to Head / Hagai Merom, has the time come for the World Zionist Organization to end its historic role?".  

External links

  • Green Zionist Alliance
  • : How many Zionists does it take to change a light bulb?Jerusalem Post
  • : WZO to boost environmental practicesJerusalem Post
  • : Enter the Green ZionistsThe Jewish Daily Forward
  • : Eco-Israel retreat reaches out to 'green' JewsJ. Weekly
  • : The Green Zionist Alliance: The Acorn That Acted Like a TreeTikkun Magazine
  • : Green suffuses Zionist congressJewish Telegraphic Agency
  • : Keeping the Land of Milk and Honey Pollution-freeThe Jewish Daily Forward
  • : Environmental slate tries to prove it's easy to be both green and ZionistJewish Telegraphic Agency
  • : A Green Cure for Zionism's BluesThe Jewish Daily Forward
  • : Greens represented at Zionist CongressJerusalem Post
  • : The greening of ZionismJerusalem Post

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